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NFL Owners Approve Moving Rams Back to Los Angeles

Rams fans rally Jan. 9, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Rams fans rally Jan. 9, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

After 21 years, Los Angeles, California, is getting its football team back.

National Football League (NFL) team owners voted 30-2 Tuesday night to move the St. Louis Rams back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

The deal includes a new stadium to be built in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood. The team will likely play its home games in the historic Los Angeles Coliseum until the new stadium is ready.

The Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946 until moving to St. Louis in 1995 — the same year the other NFL team in Los Angeles, the Raiders, moved north to Oakland. This left the country's second-largest city without a professional football team — a situation that was a perpetual embarrassment to the NFL.

The deal reached Tuesday will leave the Raiders — which had also considered moving — in Oakland, while another California team, the San Diego Chargers, has the option of sharing the new Rams stadium when it opens.

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